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Threading your Block Rockit Properly

Threading your Block Rockit Properly
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Properly threading your machine is essential to having a good stitch.

Improperly threading your machine can cause loops in the stitch, break the thread, or tangle the thread into a ‘bird’s nest’, causing your machine to seize up. 

In this post you'll see why we always talk about correct threading:

Threading your Block Rockit Properly

Properly threading your machine is essential to having a good stitch. Improperly threading your machine can cause loops in the stitch, break the thread, or tangle the thread into a ‘bird’s nest’, causing your machine to seize up. For instructions on threading your machine, refer to the Block Rockit’s user manual or the following video:

Video of threading machine

After you have threaded your machine, you should check often to make sure that it is still threaded properly. If you’re having problems with your stitch, first check your threading. Improperly threaded machines are common and an easy fix.

Check the thread guides to make sure the thread has caught all of them. 

This is a commonly missed thread guide on the Block Rockit

 

Results of missing this particular Thread Guide on the Block Rockit (This is the Back Side of the quilt)

 

Here is a properly threaded Block Rockit

The thread should have a straight, unobstructed path. Make sure the tension discs are free of lint and that the thread is securely in between the disks. Make sure the thread goes through the hole in the shaft above the needle before it goes through the eye of the needle. (This is a commonly missed step that will cause lots of issues)

Make sure that the needle is in your machine correctly, with the scarf (the scoop in the neck) facing towards the back of your machine and in all the way.

When I worked as an operator in an industrial sewing factory we would run our machines all day long. Some days my machine would be working perfectly, and other days that the thread would break over and over, or I would have issues with my stitches or needles breaking. Instead of calling for a mechanic at the first sign of trouble, our supervisors required us to check a couple of things first.

First we had to check our threading (no obstructions in the way of our thread, and through every tension disc correctly). Second, check our needles, making sure they were in straight and all the way with in with no burrs on the end. Third we had to make sure our machine was oiled. And fourth we had to make sure it was clean and free of any lint in the tension knobs. If all of these were ok, and the machine still did not work, then we were able to call the mechanic to come look at our machine. It was surprising how many times the issue was incorrect threading or our thread being caught on something on our sewing table. 

It’s very important to go through these troubleshooting steps with any sewing machine, especially your Block Rockit, and many times your problem will be solved quickly!

**If you still find yourself having problems, have a friend take a look. Sometimes a set of fresh eyes can spot a problem that you are missing. If you still can’t figure it out, please give us a call at KathyQuilts! You can even FaceTime or Skype with us, and we will help you get your machine up and running smoothly. 


About the Author

Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a teaching degree in Family and Consumer Science. She went on to teach and train industrial sewing operators until 2012. She is now a stay at home mom and works part time from home for Kathy Quilts. She loves to travel, create things, watch movies, go to Disneyland, read, and spend time with her husband and kids.

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